Written by Courtney Fowler, Director of Communications and Marketing
Lower School Student Service Council members recently learned more about Lovett’s partnership with Compassion Kitchen to help fight local hunger.
The Compassion Kitchen Project, launched a year ago to address food insecurity in Atlanta caused by the pandemic, saw an opportunity last fall to enlist local schools in their efforts - and that’s when Lovett alumna Lara Hall ‘89 reached out to her alma mater.
Since then, Hall (a devoted Compassion Kitchen volunteer) has worked with Marie Lanning and the Dining Services team to pick up leftover or newly expired food that Lovett is not permitted to use due to Georgia Department of Health restrictions. The donations then go to people in the community who are hungry through organizations such as Mercy Community Church, La Amistad, apartment complexes in underserved areas, and others.
When Lower School Chaplain Jennifer Arnold learned of the program, she thought that the Lower School Service Council members would benefit from knowing more about it. That group, which she advises with Counselor Emily Brown, meets regularly throughout the school year to learn more about how to love their neighbors on campus and beyond. In preparation for a Zoom call to find out more about Compassion Kitchen, Service Council members participated in a virtual scavenger hunt to familiarize themselves with the program and how it serves the people of Atlanta. As part of the scavenger hunt, the students were responsible for researching what goes into the organization’s “compassion packages” and were delighted to discover that potato chips make the list!
Last month, LS Student Service Council members participated in a Zoom call to find out more about the partnership and ask questions of Isabel Rice and Lisa Blanco, founders of Compassion Kitchen, Lovett’s Marie Lanning and Pastor Chad Hyatt from Mercy Community Church. The students learned how the process works (Lara Hall texts Marie each Sunday to see what might be available during the week), how it helps, and what the challenges are.
Like Hall, Marie Lanning and the Dining Services team appreciate the opportunity to serve others in need. "It's nice to know we're able to help somebody else out there," said Lanning.
Click here for more information about the Compassion Kitchen Project.